Katherine Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live took an interesting turn Monday when two company executives were dismissed as defendants.
AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and executive Paul Gongaware are no longer liable in the wrongful death lawsuit, in which she is claiming billions in damages.
The company as a whole is left as the sole defendant.
Katherine’s claim is that AEG was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered a lethal dose of Propofol to Michael Jackson in 2009.
Murray was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison, but a giant lawsuit against AEG followed.
The lengthy and complicated trial is now in its fifth month.
Defense attorneys for AEG maintain that Jackson was making decisions of his own free will and that it was his choice to bring Dr. Murray onboard.
The dismissal of accusations against Phillips and Gongaware individually is a significant break in the case, possibly in the concert promoter's favor.
Attorney Marvin Putnam, lead trial counsel, told E! News:
"Phillips and Gongaware should never have been sued in the first place. They are vindicated now that the court has thrown out the case against them."
While Katherine Jackson still has a chance of winning her lawsuit against the company, this dismissal could spell bad news for her case overall.
A jury is expected to receive and decide the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit once and for all soon, possibly within the next couple of days.